The Perfect Jeans ft. LaLa Anthony Collection

I can honestly say, it is a struggle for me to find jeans that i love on my body type (Body Type: Column-Narrow Hips). I attempt to try almost everything. I have narrowed the cut down to a skinny jean or straight leg, as it seems to flatter me the most.
One of my most recent searches for the perfect jean led me to look at The “Lala Anthony Collection”. She was recently at an event for the store I work for and the line seemed interesting. 
As soon as i slipped on the first pair, i immediately fell in love. These jeans are ultra comfortable, comes in a variety of washes and styles,  and has different accents (zippers, metals, etc.) The sizes range from 0-24 (which is amazing). I like the fact that though they are very slimming, they don’t exaggerate the fact that my hips are narrow. I love the fun details (like at the cuff and the distressing). The jeans run true to size (which is an even bigger bonus).
The various styles retail for $88.
 You can shop her collection at Lord & Taylor stores worldwide or online.
I think LaLa totally hit her mark with this collection. I’m a fan! I’m definitely going back to get more styles.
(Mid-Rise Distressed)
Sweater| Calvin Klein Woman
Vest| Dia&Co
Shoes| 9West
Tote| Kate Spade
Brooch| Vintage

*All items mentioned in this post were purchased by me (except for the vest sent by Dia&Co).
All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Love, Light, & Lipstick!
April Antoinette

Let’s Talk Thrifting… My Thrifting Tips

As I child, I hated going to the “Second Hand” stores with my mom. It was one of her hobbies and because she promised we would go to regular department stores as well, i would tag along. Little did i know, that as an adult, I would love it too. I thank her now for showing me the ins and outs of Thrifting and i want to share with you all my tips and tricks.
Cape Coat Thrifted From @KazVault. Can be found on Instagram
1. Shop with no expectations.
I find that when I’m looking for an exact item, i never find it. But when i just look, to look, i find everything. Go in with no expectations. Be open to look at everything.
2. Find thrift and second hand stores in more expensive neighborhoods or theater districts.
When I go thrifting, i tend to look in the theatre districts or near opera houses. I always find unique things with minimal wear and tear (please note: it is not ALWAYS the case, but i has worked for me more often than not). Thrifting in more affluent communities tend to bare more labels and amazing antique jewelry. 
3. Try Online.
There are so many second-hand sites and apps now. Sites and Apps like ThredUp, Poshmark, Etsy, etc. Even GoodWill has an online store for Thrifting. Check Instagram as well. So many Thrift Sellers on there. I tend to actually have more luck online.
4. Wash Everything.
This maybe a given but it has to be said. You don’t know who the first owner was, so either have it cleaned or wash it yourself. Just to be safe.

5. Look for Classic Labels That Stand The Test Of Time.
There are certain brands that never go out of style. Seek those brands out. They tend to still look on trend.
6. Mix Them Up.
I will always mix my thrift finds with recent purchases. Adds a more interesting feel to an outfit. One of my style icons has done this for years (Carrie Bradshaw: Sex & The City) and has always looked chic doing it. If Carrie does it, then so must I. Lol.
7. Don’t settle on the listed price.
In most cases, the listed price is the start to negotiations. Always attempt to get the items for cheaper.
8. Search for that Diamond In The Rough.
Make sure you pay attention to your labels. Alot of times, you can find amazing Vintage pieves from high end brands. And we all know that everything comes back around. (i.e. MCM.)
There’s no right or wrong way to thrift. The most important thing to keep in mind is to have fun. Hopefully my tips help you to find that Thrifters Gold or that Perfect Piece.
Happy Shopping

Fall Type Maxi

During the Spring/Summer Season, there was this one dress that almost everyone seemed to either have or want. I, like the rest, was totally enamored with that specific dress. So, of course, I bought it. But I never took the chance to photograph it because, as we already stated above, everyone had it.
Dress Shown Below
No longer available on the site.
I LOVED IT SO MUCH, that I went back and got it in another color. The dress just looked and fit amazing on me. So why not?? However, I never got a chance to wear it during the Spring/Summer Season.
So, while delving into my closet, I came across it again. Still baring it’s tag. I started thinking quickly, how can I make this cold weather appropriate?? So I tried it on again and fell in love with it all over!
The sleeves already gave me the coverage I needed on my arms for the cold-weather, but I added a leather layer. For extra protection. I chose the peplum styled PU simulated leather jacket from Forever21 to give an exaggerated Oomph around the waist. And then I topped it off with my favorite street find, this AMAZING HAT.  I kept the boot really simple but they are calve height.
*Style Notes: I choose the dress with the darker background because it fits into fall a little better for me. And I kept my makeup very warm and neutral to bring an added layer of Fall Realness.
DRESS| (No Longer Available) Similar HERE  JACKET| HERE
Boots| Old by Aerosole  Hat| NYC Street Vendor
Jewelry| Lane Bryant

Maxi Dresses just work for all seasons. All it takes is a simple re-arranging of accessories and layers and you can definitely make your favorite SummerTime staple, your Fall “IT’ Piece.
(All elements of this look were purchased with my own money. THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST).
All comments and feedback are welcomed! Let me know what you think of this look.
As always, thank you for stopping by!
April Antoinette

Make No Excuses

Alot of times, we just want to be comfy. No restrictions. No overly thought out looks. No heels!! Lol

Usually, when I’m invited out, i put alot of thought into a look. Last weekend was not one of those times. Since it was still a chill in the air and i planned on being in Manhattan for the day, i wanted to be as comfortable as possible. I’m a dress girl so i went with an easy to wear swing dress and a pair of lace up boots. And i threw a little funk on it by adding my leopard print jacket. Kept me cute and casual but definitely very comfy. Great look for shopping, walking around the city, and even brunch with the girls.

Wear what you love and Make No Excuses.

Dress: Forever21
Boots: JustFab
Jacket: Fashion to Figure  (no longer sold)
Handbag: Dooney & Bourke

Maxi Season is Upon Us

SHOES| ShoeDazzle
Bag| JustFab
Jewelry|Fashion to Figure
Spring is officially HERE! My favorite season for so many reasons. One being my birthday is forthcoming (APRIL BABY WHOOT WHOOT).
Easter is about a lot of things to me but one very special thing is that I represents to me that it’s time to transition out of the drab colors of Winter and amp up the bright colors of Spring!
So this past Sunday, I went for full on Floral fabulosity.

I kept my makeup pretty neutral because I felt I had enough color.
 Thank you for stopping by!
Until next post

MOTD: Galactic Black

Who doesn’t love a super smoked out glitter eye? I mean, everyone should!

Today’s Look was inspired by the night sky…

Full Product Listing:

Foundation: MAC Prolongwear Nourishing Waterproof foundation (NC45) set with Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless powder (330 Toffee)

Concealer: LA Girl Pro Concealer (Medium Beige) set with Ben Bye Luxury Powder (Cameo)

Contour: Black Opal Foundation Stick (Beautiful Bronze) set with Sleek Makeup Contour Kit (Medium-Discontinued)

Highlight: MAC MSF (Redhead-discontinued)

Bronzer: Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer (Deep)

Blush: MAC (Blushbaby)

Transition Color: MAC Soft Brown

Crease: MAC’s Brown Script, Red Brick, Brown down

Lid: NYX Jumbo Pencil (Black Bean), MAC Cinderfella eye shadow, MAC 3D Black Glitter

Outer V: ABH Single shadow (Noir)

Inner Tear Duct: MAC shadow (Young Venus-discontinued)

NYC Liquid Liner (Black)
BSS lashes
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

NYX lip pencil (Ever)
MAC Satin lipstick (Pink Nouveau)

All comments and feedback are encouraged. Until next post.

Live Well. Dress Well. Be Well.
Smooches 👄👄